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generation is starting to look shaky. this barbershop servers boston's hispanic community, people whose parents came to a land built on immigration and a dream of a better life. >> the economy is very bad for everybody. everybody is waiting for jobs. >> there are some that are optimistic and others that are worried about the future. it is hard out there. a lot of people are homeless. >> the stage is being set free election night in the romney campaign. in a few hours' time, the polls will close an accounting will begin and the cameras will well. a result should be known later this evening. and then the tough business of running a country that is more divided than ever begins. bbc news in boston. >> a nervous night for mitt romney and barack obama. among the states we're looking at, perhaps none are being watched more closely than ohio and florida. if laura trevelyan is in miami. clyde is in cleveland. let's start with you. have aligned and as long there as they have been everywhere else in the country -- have the lines been as long there as they have been everywhere else in the country?
on your jobs, not ours. >> there were cheers in chicago and tears in boston. after the long hard fight, it was all over for the challenger. >> like so many of you, paul and i have left everything on the field. we have given our all to this campaign. >> now after the bruising campaign and facing a congress as divided as it was before the election, president obama and the country prepare for the next four years. >> thank you, america! god bless you! god bless these united states. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "america this morning" with rob nelson and paula faris. >>> good wednesday morning, everybody. four years ago barack obama stood on the brink of history the morning after his election. now four years later he stands on the brink of a second term. >> the president has won re-election after a hard-fought campaign, saying he returned to the white house more determined and decisive than ever. >> and he claimed a decisive and sweeping victory over challenger mitt romney although the popular vote is a lot tighter. >> but in the end, almost all of the key battleground states, includ
echoing the excitement of four years ago. >>> and in boston a gracious concession from a worthy opponent in the long, hard-fought and extremely expensive race. >> a victorious president obama says "we are all in this together." now the work on the second term, creating more jobs, healing the economy, moving forward with health care reforms begins for president barack obama. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> and good wednesday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> i'm paula faris. barack obama has been re-elected president of the united states, declared the winner just after 11:00 eastern last night. winning pretty much all the key battleground states including ohio on his way to clinch the 270 electoral votes that he needed. >> predicted a long night. didn't really end up being one. ended pretty quickly. electoral college, sweeping victory for the president. despite the big margin he won by in the college. the popular vote still a lot closer. that going down to the wire. there you see the crowd outside abc news election headquarters in times square. they went wi
're seeing in boston tonight. obviously, in chicago, they are waiting with great anticipation to see the president. and in boston, there is also anticipation but it's more like resigned anticipation. people who thought they were coming to a party instead are kind of watching a durnlg on-- durge. >> look at the demographic ps of these two crowds. that's all you need to know. >> ifill: that's a good point, david. when you look at the obama crowd, it's incredibly diverse, very young, obviously, in a better mood. ( laughter ). but the difference between that and what we're seeing in boston is pretty striking. >> you know, the country is changing. i mean, the gay marriage thing is part of the change, but the demographicez of the country are changing. the thing that's more confusing is the economics are changing and in much more complicated ways. that we're not seeing it's working class people, the people who are unemployed aren't in either crowds. they can't afford to be in those crowds. that's complicated. but the demographics and attitudes towards gay marriage and other social issues, t
for abc news. >> i'm brandi hitt in boston where the room fell silent the minute it was announced mitt romney lost the key battleground state of ohio and then the election. romney supporters here were convinced he would win some of the key battleground states. he just fell short in states like pennsylvania, ohio and also virginia. here is what mitt romney told his supporters after he called president obama to congratulate him. >> this is -- time of great challenges for america and pray the president will be successful in guiding our nation. i so wish -- i so wish that i had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader and so ann and i join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation. thank you and god bless america. you guys were the best! thank you so much! [ cheers and applause ] thank you! thanks, guys. >> reporter: mitt romney thanked his donors, volunteers and supporters and says beside choosing his wife ann, picking paul ryan as a runningmate was the best decision he has ever made. ron, paula. r
in boston, what was billed as the romney victory situation, now perhaps the saddest room in the country. peter. >> brian, a couple days ago, told us, barack obama's fire wall in ohio was burning. the obama campaign extinguished the fire. take a look around the room right now you can see the sober faces of disappointment here in boston. they knew that ohio was critical to a victory tonight. despite the fact that florida and virginia were still on the board they recognized as soon as ohio went up on the screens that this meant president obama would remain president of the united states. governor romney has been reviewing, watching the returns with his family, alongside his wife ann, five sons, their wives, and 16 of the 18 grandchildren. a short distance away from where we are at the convention center here in boston. as soon as they get the news which obviously they have gotten as well on the screens that they're watching as well, we are anticipating somepoint this evening we'll hear what would be a concession speech from governor romney. remember when he was on his plane earlier today we
to pull the plug until he said you are not quitting. before we get to this gentleman let's go to boston where the boston globe reported that the medical marijuana issue has been taxed in massachusetts. i don't want to accuse anyone of heavy mood swings that we are not there yet. at one point it looked like it was going to be a disappointment for republicans in this room and again a very quiet room but great cheers when the numbers regarding florida 85050 split is i think what i'm getting for you guys and virginia also looking good for romney right now this room lit up right now people are actually just watching the numbers role in right now and it is a full room everybody here waiting for the romney to show some signs he came and spoke to the crowd and we also heard from the communications director and she said to us that she believes that romney i'm sure you have talked about it a little bit performing where he needed to cross the country but obama is underperforming in some areas. slightly under performing so it is worth mentioning in that case we also need to talk about the biggest
. >> and in boston, a gracious concession from a worthy opponent in the long, hard-fought and extremely expensive race. >> a victorious president obama says we are all in this together. now the work on a second term, creating more jobs, healing the economy, moving forward with health care reforms begins for president barack obama. >>> good morning, everyone, i'm paula faris. >> i'm rob nelson. an abbreviated version of "world news now." we'll check in live with "nightline" in just a second. for right now it is official. america has rehired the president. he won last night. handling the electoral college, and coming back in january for a second term. so it really was kind of a stunning night here. he really -- and most of the battleground if not all, won, fought back romneyen all of the cases. saw a very gracious concession speech from governor romney. clearly disappointed. went to a raucous scene in chicago with the president. still very much a divided country. look at the electoral college it wasn't close. in the popular vote the was really close. i think the points, come out of this, this was n
will be the united states of america. >> romney made his concession speech before his supporters in boston. the loss ends a six-year quest for the presidency for the former massachusetts governor. he lost the republican nomination to john mccain in 2008. romney wished president obama well, but also noted the deep divide amongst the parties in washington and urged leaders to work together. >> the nation as you know is at a critical point. at a time like this, we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing. our lead verse to reach across the aisle to do the people's work. >> while the electoral college makes this win look far more decisive than the popular vote, that is just one of the quirks of the u.s. electoral voting system that many people worldwide have been learning about. 303, the number of delegates that he has to romney's 206. despite the very close popular vote, again, the electoral college votes make it much more decisive. florida remains a toss-up. clearly not going to make a difference to the overall outcome. 270, that was the number to reesm we knew once we started to get the
at the stage in boston, as a matter of fact, where the crowd, a lot more subdued as you might expect is awaiting mitt romney to step forward and at some point i suspect soon, we will hear from the former governor of massachusetts who as we said is in boston. he will come forward to acknowledge he has been defeated despite running a very tough and hard campaign against an incumbent as has been noted many times, this is the first time since franklin roosevelt has been re-elected with unemployment this high. but here we are. >> that was a key issue in the exit polling tonight, derek. people talking about the economy and trying to find a best way forward. there were so many undecided voters who are trying to decide do we stick with the current course. is it change that we need. the economy and its progress out of one of the worst recessions we have ever seen. a key issue in this undecided women voters. so many elements we didn't even have 4 years ago. >> we talked about how close the election would be. if the numbers hold up and just perhaps president obama gets florida or virginia, the
that gave him more latitude with the conservative base of the party. >> woodruff: speak of boston, and other places, let's hear now from our colleagues-- actually, ray suarez is in chicago. he and margaret warner are at the two presidential campaign headquarters, but, ray, we're going to come to you first. are you in chicago, and that's where president obama is tonight. >> that's right. he's just a few miles away. he's not here yet. and neither are a lot of the senior officials from the campaign. i think they probably want to waito see a little bit more, but illinois senior senator, senator dick durbin is here, and there have been a lot of poll closings, a lot of projections, but so far no surprises. what do you need to see before you can really relax? >> some of the key battled ground states-- florida, virginia, ohio, and of course when we get in the midwest, a little closer to my activity in the last few months for the president, taking a look at wis cons and i know iowa. if we can get the job done in the midwest, and i hope we do glie you're not up thisickle. whn you don't have a race, wh
or when you did. i want to bring gerri willis in, he is at romney headquarters in boston. have they spoken yet? >> reporter: i can't answer that question, but crowd here, that has grown in last hour, wants to believe, wants to believe ma karl rove said, just moments ago, he came up, ottoman ter here, speaking about the number of votes about how the republican party could take ohio, mitt romney could take ohio. huge cheer. came up from audience, people came in to the room, came into the room to listen to what was going on. this crowd now very emotional. i just walked through it people watching the television, trying to discern what is happening, that i want to believe their candidate has not lost. we still have no concession from mitt romney's campaign, 9 or hae we heard they have intention. my colleague next to me carl cameron, he started talking about karl rove's comments, a big cheer went up with the crowd, they wanted to show they are here, and supportive of their candidate. they believe that he should win this election. as moments go by, now it is getting quieter but no less packed thi
the scandal of the boston police department @and spying on activists as well as federalization of local law enforcement. we only have a brief amount of time, but maybe you could talk about those issues and how they relate to the big picture of what has been debated over power militarization of law enforcement, spying on dissidents in general. >> we published a report called the leasing -- policing defense, which has blown the lid off a scandal. the boston police department has been spying on the peaceful activity of antiwar groups and peace groups in the city of boston. this is a major story in boston and unfortunately did not make it to the level of the statewide political race as far as the warren brown contest was concern. that is unfortunate, and that has to change. we saw with the occupied movement, i like to refer to it lifting rocks that showed the unseemly side of what has been going on. you really saw police departments, advanced equipment deployed at largely peaceful protest groups. this problem is getting worse. they will continue to fund the police departments for their federali
house campaign and carl cameron who followed the romney campaign is live in boston. >> . >>> it's very, very close, they know it's a needle that needs to be thread, they are just wonder figure it can get done tonight, tomorrow or ever. >> carl cam cameron live with the camp tonight. let's go to ed henry. with the president's camp and live in chicago. hey ed. . >>> you have to be in line when the polls close right? you have to be in line when the polls close and if you are in line then you can stay in line and they promise you will be able to vote. that means people have been in line for at least four hours. how long was the line when they got there? it could have been longer than four hours. that's florida for you tonight. florida. it's always florida. there is the possibility of a recount in florida which frankly now mayor may not matter for the president but you have to do it. >> if it's with in 1% of each other. if you are talking about excitement of voters that's maybe your best indication that voters excited in how dominant the economy was in the election. where there are a lot
ginnis is at romney headquarters in boston and ladies, welcome, good evening. it looks like we have a study in contrasts. mitt romney working the campaign trail in pennsylvania, president obama sitting back doing broadcast interviews, playing a game of basketball. danielle, is he confident or just out of gas? >> reporter: well, derrick, the president says he's confident that he will walk away with a victory tonight. we just got word that he did another round of interviews with tv stationness battleground states like colorado and wisconsin. the republicans know this will be a close race and they want to use every moment they can to encourage their supporters to cast a ballot, derek. >> one of those gop predictions that states in play like pennsylvania could be in play, that romney will steal votes? >> reporter: their concern isn't that great. they feel like they've done a good job in the ground game in the states they can control of the big states are looking at virginia, ohio and florida. they know it's going to be close, but again, they feel like they've put in the work and that the pres
boston. let's begin with ken in chicago with president obama's campaign. >> reporter: this is where president obama will be tonight to hold what his supporters hope will be a victory speech. let's take a quick look at the venue. this is where the president will take to the stage with his family and that of vice president joe biden. what time he makes an appearance depends on the time of the returns. there are seats here for thousands of the president's supporters, most of them will be campaign volunteers, a few of whom president obama thanked this morning when he made a surprise visit to a field office in chicago. he even cold called. >> is this annie? hi, this is barack obama. how are you in i'm doing -- you know... [ laughter ] >> i don't think she knows it's me. >> my name was barack obama. you know, the president of the united states. how are you? you know, can i just say, you were really polite to me when you didn't know who i was. that's so nice. >> reporter: as you can see, it was light work for president obama on this election day afternoon. he even played a game of basketba
will start with the race for the white house. rita williams is in boston but we begin with ken prichard in chicago with the obama campaign. ken. >> reporter: just within the past half hour some of the thousands of president obama supporters have been allowed in this large event venu. many received tickets because they are chicago residents and live in this area and who agreed to travel and hit the road and go to the neighboring battleground states of wisconsin and campaign for the president there in the last few days. the president wants to thank them. there are many states that are intense. pennsylvania, the romney campaign is focused on that the obama campaign is not truly a contest. a short time ago, we talked to democratic national committee communications director brad woodhouse and he says the final campaign day stop by romney is something that he doesn't blame romney for trying but pennsylvania is not a state where romney has a fighting chance. >> well, i don't think so. david axelrod put it best, pennsylvania is a prayer, not a plan for the romney campaign. it is a state that i
, who told supporters in boston he gave it his all and insisted washington must come together. >> the nation, as you know, is at a critical point. at a time like this, we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing. our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work. >> the romney family has chosen to give back to america through public service, and that is the legacy that we honor and applaud tonight. >> reporter: the president won with slim majorities in key states -- ohio, pennsylvania, wisconsin, iowa, colorado, new hampshire. virginia and nevada weren't called until early this morning after he was declared the projected winner. still outstanding, florida, where at 2:00 a.m. people were still in line voting. and, of course, all of their votes will still have to be counted, not to mention provisional ballots in ohio that we thought might be the deciding factor in this race. we're live this morning in chicago at obama's victory headquarters, i'm tracie potts. back to you. >> tracie, a question for you. we know the president -- the race was called fo
's start with rita williams live in boston. that's where mitt romney's campaign is planning for a victory party. >> reporter: party planners have had to plan for any eventity, a tie, a win, or a loss. if there's a loss, they will turn the lights down real low and that confetti will, will you probably never see it. >> i'm just going to get the regular quarter pounder, without cheese. and a baked potato. >> now, mitt romney may not be very hungry tonight. and one of his last campaign stops today, he and his runningmate paul ryan ordered fast food in cleveland in that important battleground state of ohio. polls show president obama had the tinyist of lead going into this election day. >> i expect it to be more tired. given the number of events and hours and i think i got energy for the people that i spent time with, whether at the rope line or the rallies. when you have ten thousand people cheering you, you get a real boost from it. >> now, let me show you this video. the plane carrying mitt romney landed here in boston. and the governor had just returned from that swing from a day of campa
. >>> now to all the questions being aimed at romney campaign headquarters in boston after a sad night there. and the question, what went wrong in the romney campaign. peter alexander covering for us there tonight. good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you here in boston, this is apparently the intersection of politics and the nor'easter. in the words of one top aide to the romney campaign, the mood in that campaign is a lot like this weather, dreary, at the end of a six-year long quest for the white house. tonight, mitt romney is left asking is himself what might have been. dressed in a business suit and surrounded by family and friends and for a final few hours, the secret service team, mitt romney this morning left his boston hotel, quickly returning to life as a private citizen. >> hey, governor, can you give us a word? >> reporter: on this november 7th, the day romney promised they would get to work, the only work to do, packing up. after 90 minutes after most networks had called the race, mr. romney took the stage alone. >> like so many of you, paul and i have left everythi
de jÓvenes, mujeres y minorÍas etnicas, en boston el candidato republicano pagÓ caro el usar retÓrica antiinmigrante. >>> mitt romney aceptÓ en esta madrugada, la voluntad de la mayorÍa del votante del pais, incluyendo latinos que sellaron su suerte. >>> hubiera querido cumplir con sus aspiraciones para llevar al paÍs en una direcciÓn diferente, pero la naciÓn escogio a otro lÍder, me postule al cargo porque estoy preocupado por estados unidos, dijo el multimillonario, con su esposa, hijos y compaÑero de boleta paul ryan que seguirÁ en el congreso. ayer el votante hispano no olvidÓ la retorica de mitt romney en el tema migratorio, abogÓ por la autodeportacion, y dijo que vetarÍa el dream act, y lo pagÓ caro, dijeron asesores de la campaÑa. >>> el partido republicano tiene que enteder la importancia del voto hispano, claramente le dio la victoria a barack obama. y en estados como nevada, colorado, virginia y aÚn florida. >>> agregÓ que el partido o adopta posiciones mÁs afines a latinos. >>> o vamos iu a seguir perdiendo elecciones. >>> latinos votaron por la
fell silent in boston where mitt romney supporters found his candidate did not earn enough votes to earn the white house. >> i wish i was able to lead the country in a different direction. we join with you to pray for him and for this great nation. >> romney called for bipartisanship. >> cannot risk partisan bickering. >> whether i earned your vote or not, i have listened to you. i have learned from you. you have made me a better president. >> the president promised to work with congress, he vowed -- >> we remain more that a collection of red states and blue states. we are and forever will be the united states of america. >> senator harry reid and john boehner talking about the need for bipartisanship as we move forward here in d.c. january 20 is inauguration day in d.c. >> we saw some historic firsts having to do with referendum questions. >> there will be more on same- sex marriage being legalize for the first time by voters with a popular vote. one other ballot initiative was legalizing the record -- recreational use of marijuana. marijuana can be grown and sold legally. that
our colleague ray swawrers and hopefully we'll be joined by margaret warner in boston. ray is at the presidential candidate night headquarters in chicago. ray, what is the sense right now? when we talk about this ground game issue, what does the campaign say about what they have over the romney campaign in terms of ground game? >> they said this time instead of sending volunteers and sending field workers from state to state, they concentrated much more heavily on using people that people know. i mean it sounds kind of obvious. but all the research shows that when someone you know talks about you... talks to you about casting the vote in the first place or voting for the person you prefer, that has a lot more impact than somebody showing up at your door with paperwork, a leaflet or a pitch for a candidate. so they've put much more emphasis on having people work their own neighborhoods this time around. and they say they have hit their marks, that they are getting out their numbers. and so far so good. gwen? >> ifill: well, ray, i'm also curious. you're standing there at the
colleague ray swawrers and hopefully we'll be joined by oargaret warner in boston. ray is at the presidential candidate nigh headquarters in hicago. ray, what is the sense right now? when we talk about this ground game issue, what does the campaign say about what they have over the romney campaign ic terms of ground game? >> they said this time instead of sending volunteers and sending field workers from state to state, they concentrated much more heavily on using people that people know. i mean it sounds kind of obvious. but all the research shows that when someone you know talks about you... talks to youatbout casting the vote in the first place or voting for the person you prefer, that has a lot more impact than somebody showing up at your door with paperwork, a leaflet or a pitch for a candidate. so they've put much more emphasis on havingb people work their own neighborhoods this time around. and they say they have hit their marks, that they are getting out their numbers. and so far so good. gwen? >> ifill: well, ray, i'm also curious. you're standing there at the
had only written one speech when he came into boston on his campaign plane this afternoon and that was a victory speech. obviously he did not give that speech to be the. a very disappointed mitt romney. this is his second run for the white house. and as we told you earlier this evening, his father george romney, when he was secretary of hud and i worked on capitol hill in the early 70s he made a run for the white house in 1968 when he was governor of michigan. mitt romney always says he wish he could fulfill his father's dream and for him to be elected president. but we've seen tonight obviously that has not happened. mitt romney has made it clear that he will not run for president again as i said this is his second run for the presidency. but he says he will remain in politics. he will be a strong political voice in this country. now some of his supporters here as you see are already beginning to leave. some told me this evening after it was projected that mitt romney had lost that they in their words not mine. said that they expected four more years of the same gridlock
, nancy. jan crawford has been covering the romney campaign. she is in boston tonight. jan? >> well, scott, governor romney just landed here about an hour ago after making campaign stops in that key state of ohio and in pennsylvania. he talked to reporters on the way back on the plane and he said he felt good about this campaign. they hadn't left anything in the locker room and that he thinks they're going to win. he said he just finished his victory speech. he's not written a concession speech. now, the mood inside the campaign tonight, scott, is one of cautious optimism, i'd say. but there is a little bit of nervousness and here's why: campaign sources that i'm talking with tonight say they are encouraged by the high numbers of republican turnout they're seeing in these swing states like ohio, florida, virginia. they believe that will outperform john mccain in 2008. that's the key to this election. they really had to run up the score in those areas. but here's where the nervousness comes in. they're also seeing some of the president's turnout in some of those democratic areas like in nor
they will close in ottawa, montana, and utah. alaska closes at 1:00 a.m. eastern time. we're in boston where the romney headquarters is located. the president and his team is in chicago. we're at the rnc headquarters in washington, d.c. and on capitol hill where the democrats are gathering and all evening we will show you the latest results. these are actual numbers. these are not projections as we track the key house, senate, and gov.'s races as well as the presidential race and you can keep track of all this on our website. this is the only network that gives you a forum to express your views in what is happening with results tonight and you can do so by giving us a phone call. the number is 202-730-triples 32. [inaudible] you can also join us on our twitter page. #cspan2012. we will get that in a couple of minutes. john boehner is here and let's get to some of the latest results. >> ap is calling some states in the presidential contest. let's start with new hampshire and take a look at the results. with 20% of precincts reporting, president obama has 55%. mitt romney at 44%. let's move on
in boston, where bystanders said, you could hear a pin drop, as the networks called the election for president obama. reports last night that governor romney was so confident in his victory, he had only written one speech beforehand, a victory speech. >> like so many of you, paul and i have left everything on the field. we have given our all to this campaign. [ cheers and applause ] i so wish -- i so wish that i had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction. >> reporter: but in the end, it was not even close. obama won even those outstanding battlegrounds, like virginia, nevada. >> i just spoke with governor romney. and we may have battled fiercely. but it's only because we love this country deeply. >> reporter: so, george, the question, now, what now? and president obama has said that he will reach out to republican leaders. he wants to meet with mitt romney. he even last night reached out to romney voters. where are some areas of compromise? perhaps tax reform. perhaps immigration reform. we'll see in the days ahead. george? >> that's right. t
that critical 270 vote threshold in the electoral college. he was in boston when he waited for the returns to come in. he spoke to an enthusiastic crowd. he thanked them and said that he had conceded the race to president obama. >> i just called president obama to congratulate him on his victory. his supporters and campaign also deserve congratulations. i wish all of them well but particularly the president, the first lady and their tauters. >> this is a time of great chapel cleng and i pray he will be successful. romney did 294 different campaign stops through out the course of it. even though the election is over he says big challenges still face the country. >> i ran for office because i am concerned about americans. this election is over, i believe the principles with which this nation was founded is the only sure guide to a surging key con me. they thought they had a good fast victory. even iffed mid best to reach the 7270 we needed. >> doug lou saider live in walking the balance of power remains the same for us. ainsley is here to break it down. >> the gop will remain in control of t
to boston on how the romney camp is responding this morning. >>> our time is 5:32. there are a lot of things to talk about number wise this morning. we have ktvu claudine wong here to show us in detail about the numbers. >> reporter: that is right. let's take you over to the map. this is our congressional districts in the bay area. i want to take you over to the 15th district. we have an upset here. this is pete starks district and has been since the vietnam era. he is the longest serving member of congress. it seems the era is over. let's show you the latest numbers coming from that district. it shows democrat ere rake stall -- erik stallwell the winner of that. the gap became apparent overnight. about one-third this morning he pleaded a thank you to supporters. his win in part being attributed to a top tier system. all right let's take you back to the map. we want to talk about the other close races. let's talk about what has happened in the third district. he is the winner there. the race closer than expected to be. some people say it was so close that his challenger republican wasn't rea
hoped for. msnbc's chris jansing is outside headquarters in boston. it's eerie how quiet it is. there's nothing going on behind you. that's not the way they thought this was going to be the morning after the election. >> to say the least. and you mentioned mitt romney had spent almost seven years for president. it was over in about five minutes. a short of gracious concession speech. but that was preceded, chuck, by 90 of what were thought to be bizarre minutes where the media called for barack obama. and some for mitt romney said they would contest it there. at one point ryan got in his van and returned to the hotel. there was a question even when they said he was coming over here to make remarks whether it would be a concession speech. about an hour and a half after the networks called it, the mitt romney did call the president and then came into this ballroom for what i said was a very brief and very gracious final comment. so after one of the most -- the most expensive presidential race in history and one of the most acrimonious, mitt romney called for unity. >> the nation as you
. but this is something to cheer, the people in boston at romney headquarters. >> john, i know you're looking to the screen as well. iowa being projected now for barack obama. >> well, that is a piece of bad news for the romney campaign. again, remember, mitt romney needed to win most of the nine swing states. not just a couple of them. most of them. he's still got to do that. he's not out of the game, but if you take the state of iowa, you got colorado out there, if president obama can hold nevada and the state of colorado, it doesn't matter what happens in any of these other states. he'll be over the finish line. so big challenges, more for president obama, fewer more romney, but he's still in the game. >> waiting on too close to call races which of course have been really critical. ohio being number one. florida, as well. we know now north carolina and, of course, iowa. >> larry, he needs 21 votes. >> yeah. there's a pattern. i mean, let's face it. there's a pattern here. and whether you're romney supporter or not, you got to look at this thing. the pattern spills over into the u.s. senate
in boston. it is pretty quiet now as supporters here wait out of these results. a little bit of disappointment expressed by the crowds at a loss of new hampshire and pennsylvania by a mitt romney to president obama. those are states that would have been critical to mitt romney, but still a lot of outstanding key battleground states, namely florida, virginia, iowa, and the biggest prize of all, ohio. >> marylanders also waited on seven statewide ballot questions. >> here is a look at the results right now. maryland is one of four states with a marriage on the ballot. question six which decides whether to uphold the new state law legalizing same-sex marriage. with approximately 55% of the vote in, 51% voting for an 49% voting against. maryland voters would be the first in the country to approve a marriage to the polls. voters also deciding whether to expand gambling to legalize gay it -- table games like blackjack and prince george's county. $90 million was ken king, and with it -- $9 million was spent. marylanders also had the chance to vote for or against a measure that makes
been in chicago all day. mitt romney want to boston this morning to cast his vote before flying out for more campaigning. we have team coverage on the two candidates. we go to the president supporters in chicago. we begin though, with rita williams with romney supporters in boston. [cheers and applause] >> well, mitt romney senior strategist took to the stage to ref up the crowd. no real news but you can see the crowd here is beginning to grow. meanwhile, i am told that mitt romney is across the street in a hotel room with his wife, ann, his five sons, 16 of his 18 grandchildren. but right before he went in there he had one last thing to say about this long campaign. >> i am very pleased. i feel like we put it all on the field. left nothing in the locker room. we fought to the very end and i think that is why we will be successful. >> no would of, could of, should of. the governor seamingly satisfied with the campaign he has run. [cheers and applause] as for the supporters some are downstairs below me right now watching returns on big screen tvs cheering, of course, when returns fr
roberts was there in boston again today with a recap, john? >> the governor put on a brave face. but he was experiencing bitter disappointment and a long, long road to get where he was. it does go to show that the were accurate in what they were hoying and always happens in every four years. they were looking attractive in closing days, they really weren't. the real question it. broadly divided as the country is and big issues facing us, is this a recipe for grid lock or will it spark dipartisan legislation. mitt romney said he would reach across the aisle and he asked those in charge next year to get something done. >> the nation as you know is at a criticical point we can't risk political bickers and partisanship. we have storeach across the aisle. we look to teachers and professors and county on you to teach and inspire our children with passion and discovery. >> the president pledged to meet with mitt romney to talk about the problems . if the republican party hopes to win back the white house it has work to do. governor romney lost among women and lost the hispanic vote. president
's in boston. j. mart, if you can hear me amid the hoopla here at the newseum. you're a student at virginia, you've been e-mailing me all night about problems you're detecting in virginia. tell us the problems you see and why and what it means. >> the margins in conservative -- [inaudible] in the suburbs around richmond, chesterfield county is the biggest one, comparable to '08. in 2008 john mccain lost the commonwealth of virginia by seven points. the bottom line, barack obama can do a little bit worse across virginia and still win that state. if he wins the state, there's no path to the presidency for mitt romney. we'll get the western suburbs, look at the outer suburbs of northern virginia, the margins are comparable or a little bit better for romney than they were for mccain four years ago. so unless something big happens in the two big jurisdictions still being counted, virginia beach and fairfax up by washington, d.c., i think that the commonwealth of virginia is going to stay blue and give president obama a second term. >> republicans knew that there was trouble there, or has this al
soon. joining us from romney headquarters in boston is chairman and president of a company. your thoughts on what we know so far. 82 electoral votes for governor romney versus 64 for president obama. what's the mood there at romney headquarters? >> the mood is very good up here. it's very upbeat. there's a great sense of enthusiasm and energy in the room. so far so good. it's obviously going to be a close race, but i still believe that the governor is going to win with at least 300 electoral votes. i think for a sitting president to come into the election without 50% is a tough hurdle for him. the governor has run one hell of a campaign the last six weeks. so we're optimistic. i have learned a long time ago not to count chickens before they hatch but i feel strongly that we've had a good candidate, he's run a wonderful race. we've had a lot of support from a lot of people. and as i said, i'm guard ledly optimistic. i rather have opposition than the other side right now. >> what state are you focused on mostly? we have florida having closed but too close to call. pennsylvania too
want to start with byron york. byron, good morning to you. in boston we find you there. let's go through this. how did the president's team put together this winning coalition. >> he reassembled the coalition he had in 2008. did extremely well with the groups i had done well with before, women, especially unmarried women, blacks, latinos, a number of groups republicans thought would be discouraged and would drift away from the president, they didn't drift away from the president. going to obama rallies, they were pretty fired up and they showed up on election day. bill: you have been talking to the romney camp. what are they saying about how and where they came up short. >> i ran into romney's entire brain trust. many of them were pointing a finger at hurricane sandy. that romney had momentum in the polls and after that the momentum was broken. and some said that obama had done enormous damage in may, june and july. but there were big issues at stake in this campaign. two different views of governing, higher taxes were more regulation and more spending and the vote terse chose pr
but in concession speech to supporters in boston romney conveyed a message of university the and defeat. >> i so wish i was able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction. but the nation chose another leader and so ann and i join with you to ernestly pray for him and for the great nation. >> reporter: the president says he looks forward to working with the former opponent in the future. >> in the weeks ahead i look forward to sitting down with governor romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward. >> reporter: the president in his victory speech took abipartisan tone saying americans voted for action and not politics as usual but again keep in mind, this is a democratic president who will be dealing with a house that is run by republicans and a senate run bydemocrats and again the same set up facing the same divisions we have seen over the last four years. that's the very latest from chicago. i am george howell reporting. >>> smoking pot for recreation is legal in two states. voters in washington and colorado voted to approve measures that
in a hotel room with the five boys and the grandchildren and paul ryan also here in boston. he's not in the room with the romneys. he and his wife and his mother who has been on the trail with him, they're staying at another hotel here in boston, not far from here but they're watching the returns come in separately. i have reached out to a couple of sources on the campaign and can tell you the night is not over. these states are very close along the east coast, florida, virginia, as i mentioned earlier, they're not ready to certainly concede anything, but they're also not terribly upbeat about the way the night is unfolding. >> to sharyn alfonsi in wisconsin and she's at a republican event there. sharyn? >> reporter: yeah, i'm at a republican watch party that is not feeling very much like a party. you can feel the air kind of get sucked out of the room, but people are still hanging around. they haven't run for the bar yet. they were initially encouraged, the exit polling showing romney actually beat obama with working class voters but then those other voters, young voters comin
to recovery. >>> a different scene in boston as mitt romney stood before a disappointed crowd. his concession speech was brief and heartfelt as he congratulated the president and ask all americans to put partisan bickering aside. >> this election is over but our principles endure. i believe that the principles upon which this nation was founded are the only sure guide for a resurgent economy and to a new greatness. >> reporter: running mate paul ryan returns to the house of representatives as the chairman of the budget committee. not clear what mitt romney will do after two unsuccessful runs at the presidency. congress needs to get to work right away on a number of issues that threaten to hit american pocketbooks. >>> the other major story from election night, historic ballot questions in maryland, approved. voters said yes to question four, the dream act which allows children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at maryland colleges and universities. they said yes to question six which is same-sex marriage and yes to expanded gambling including a new casino in prince george's county
the key and political divide remains and in "the columbus dispatch." ohio wins with ohio. the "boston globe" reads "economy kept obama afloat. blocked romney win, and here's a forward thinking headline in "the wisconsin state journal." observers say paul ryan now a front-runner for the 2016 gop nomination. tell me we're not already talking about 2016. >> let the race begin. of course, we're keeping our eye on another big story as well this morning. can you probably see the flags moving pretty briskly behind us. that is a sign of what's to come as nasty weather, a nor'easter bears down on already storm-ravaged parts of this east coast. al is live along the new jersey shore with what we can expect. >> all right. we want to get right to our top story, the election results. nbc's kristen welker had a late night covering president obama's campaign, and she joins us this morning from chicago. kristen, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you, savannah. well, president obama is waking up as a two-term president. a lot of people said it wouldn't be possible because of the stagnan
to congratulate president obama and his reelection. >> emily e. schmidt joins us live from boston to tell us what mitt romney is doing today. >> if high daria our youth? >> tell us about romney in what he plans to do today. >> the interesting thing is he does not have a public scandal today that the first time in recent memory of where he is. that is the difference between running for president and in canada to loss. we are watching a really not mitt romney so much as watching republicans try to dissect the results from last night. try to determine what this meant for them as a look ahead to the next election. how to recover from a lost that last night they came here not quite certain that they would have. >> it is interesting one of the questions is what role does mitt romney have going for for the republican party. have you heard any whispering as to what it plans to do? >> no. we heard him say last night in his speech that everyone needs to work across the aisle to work together. a few minutes after that president obama came out and said he would like to extended hand to reach out to work with
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